Rapper convicted of hotel room sexual assault

|News, Sexual offences

A man has admitted sexually assaulting a woman in a hotel room.

US rapper Jabari Shelton, 27, pleaded guilty today [3 January] on the day he was due to face trial at the Old Bailey. He was fined £4,000 and ordered to pay £2,500 compensation to his victim, and given a restraining order.

The assault took place after Shelton entered the Shoreditch hotel bedroom on 10 July 2017, where the woman, who is in her 20s, was sleeping.

He approached her bed, waking her up and demanding sex. When she jumped out of bed, he slapped her on her naked bottom as she escaped to the bathroom.

This was captured on a mobile phone recorded by another person in the room. Shelton denied the assault took place until pleading guilty on the day of trial.

Elaine Cousins, of the CPS, said: "Jabari Shelton clearly believed he was entitled to behave in this way. He sexually assaulted his victim while she was in an extremely vulnerable position. He knew this was being recorded on a mobile phone.

"The footage and sound showed there could be no suggestion the victim had consented to this behaviour which was designed to degrade and humiliate."

Notes to editors

  • Elaine Cousins is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in CPS London North
  • Jabari Shelton [DOB: 26/09/1986] admitted sexual assault

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